Thirty women and children on Friday, May 17, escaped death when a Coaster bus conveying them caught fire in Onitsha, Anambra state.
The people were reported to be heading to Ebonyi state for a prayer meeting when the accident happened along Innosi Onira/Boromew roundabout along Enugu-Onitsha expressway, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that all passengers trapped in the bus were rescued before the bus went into flames.
One of the passengers, Virginia Ogbuogwu, who said she was sitting beside the driver, said many of them sustained varying degrees of injury.
She said: “I suddenly noticed the driver was feeling uncomfortable after stopping at intervals and checking the dashboard. Immediately he saw smoke coming out from the bus, he quickly stopped, quietly alighted and disappeared without saying a word to us.”
Paulina Una, another person who was reportedly on the bus and sustained injury, said the incident happened suddenly and they were unable to recover their valuables from the burning vehicle.
She, however, said she was grateful to God that one Ifechukwuneme Okoye came to their rescue.
Okoye said he was attracted to the bus when one of the victims was calling for help through the windows. "I quickly ran to the scene, broke the glasses with my hands and rescued them,” he said.
Though no life was lost, valuables like cash, phones, and food items were lost to the fire.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the commissioner for information in Lagos state, Kehinde Bamigbtan, narrowly escaped death on Sunday, May 12, following an accident that destroyed his car. His driver survived the incident too.
Bamigbetan, a former local government chairman appointed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode into his cabinet, however, sustained injuries.
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